[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Re: Re: Re: Scratchbox is not an emulator

From: Ross Burton ross at burtonini.com
Date: Thu Aug 31 09:29:45 EEST 2006
Doh, there was more.

On Wed, 2006-08-30 at 17:47 -0400, Andrew Barr wrote:
> > I can say for sure that the addressbook application in IT2006 is closed
> > source, 
> Why? It doesn't make sense.

I can't talk for the higher people in Nokia who make these choices, but
I guess it's as this is part of the "Nokia Experience" rather than the
platform, and thus isn't available for people to clone.  The underlying
libraries are free so anyone else can write an addressbook that
manipulates the same data store, but the interface itself remains
private to Nokia.

> > although the backend is open source (it's Evolution Data Server,
> > LGPL).  For the rest of the user-level applications its a mixed bag as
> > far as I know: some are open source as they are derived from existing
> > open source software, and some are closed.
> It is not as if the community and/or a competing hardware manufacturer
> couldn't replace these apps relatively easily. That's why I don't
> understand the reasoning behind withholding their source code.

Relatively easily, but not cheaply.  Writing applications isn't always
cheap and for clones, often that is the driving force.

Personally I'd like everything on the 770 to be open source, but I can
see where Nokia are coming from with their open platform/closed apps
split, and generally it's used consistantly. 

> This competing hardware manufacturer nonsense needs to go, BTW. Nokia
> has not even established that there is a viable market for the 770 as it
> stands now--these Chinese manufacturers everyone keeps talking about are
> going to be more interested in producing (yet another) Windows CE
> clone-device for which there is at least an established market.

Sony seem to think there is a market.

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